With the objective to inform and engage citizens to monitor performance of democracy, PILDAT began publishing a succinct analysis on the performance of democracy using an indigenous framework that analysed key institutions of democracy including elected Executive, Legislatures, Judiciary, Political Parties, Civil Society and Media since 2002.
Over the years PILDAT refined the framework by learning from regional and international good practices to provide an assessment of democracy that is relevant and centred to the peculiarities of democracy in Pakistan. With the belief that quality of democracy in Pakistan must also be comparatively analysed and scored, PILDAT has also adopted using the framework developed by International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (I-IDEA) to provide an internationally comparative score card to assess quality of democracy in Pakistan.
Quality of democracy is periodically gauged by PILDAT using two methodologies: public opinion polls that gather citizens’ perspectives on various aspects of quality of democracy as well as an analysis and score card based on research.
PILDAT’s periodic assessments of quality of democracy are guided by the belief that objective analyses of quality of democracy in Pakistan must offer proposals for democratic reform that can strengthen democracy and democratic institutions.
Under our assessment of democracy initiative, following are the key areas of PILDAT work:
PILDAT is a dynamic organisation and continues to evaluate, calibrate and adapt its approaches and methodologies to reach the desired goals in our work. Following are some of the key approaches to our work:
1. Objective, fact-based and non-partisan Research and Analysis focussed on reforms
2. Working with ALL stakeholders including Governments, Parliament & Provincial Legislatures, Political Parties, Judiciary, Media and Citizens
3. Audit of political engagement through surveys & needs-assessments
4. Advocacy for reforms
PILDAT is widely recognised for the following key strengths:
Following key services are offered by PILDAT:
Following major projects were conceptualised and delivered successfully by PILDAT in the area from 2002-2017:
Following are some of the key development partners who have supported PILDAT’s initiatives in the field of assessment of quality of democracy in Pakistan: